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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup Aug. 30

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School lunch app: If you haven’t already, download the new Sonoma Valley Unified School District food services app at svusd.yumyummi.com/. According to food services director Cody Williams, the district kitchens’ “nutritious breakfast and lunch menu items are minimally processed, rotate seasonally and are made on site from our dedicated culinary staff. Produce comes from our campus gardens, Altimira farm and the rich agricultural resources in and around Sonoma Valley.” Your kids can see what will be served each week on the app and students can give feedback and rate specific dishes. A Spanish version is in the works.

SRJC classes: The fall semester of community education classes at Santa Rosa Junior College starts Monday, Aug. 29. There are dozens of great choices in the arts, humanities, career and technical education and more. You can register online at srjcce.augusoft.net

The concept of time: Available in both English and Spanish, the new(ish) app KazuTime aims to increase the focus and concentration needed for optimum learning in children ages 3 to 8. By showing time elapsing through visual, auditory, tactile and cognitive cues, children are better able to understand and come to terms with the concept of time. Kazutime.com

Cornerstone kids classes: Cornerstone Sonoma is offering a series of cooking classes for kids with Chef Hollie Greene of JoyFoodly. Topics include back to school lunches, healthy Halloween treats and more. The classes are Saturday, Sept. 10 and Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sunset’s Outdoor test kitchen. Classes are $25 per person and $10 for kids under 10. cornerstonesonoma.com/events/

Student loan wizard: As parents face huge college bills and try to determine how much is too much to borrow, there is a new site that aims to take the guesswork out of this difficult question. The interactive calculator can determine how much you can afford to borrow in student loan funds based on your future expected earnings and the salary you will need in order to afford your student loan payments. mappingyourfuture.org/paying/debtwizard/

Charter school openings: Sonoma Charter School currently has spaces for students to enroll in kindergarten, grades 3, 4, 7 and 8. Interested families should call Molly Koler at 935-4232; for Spanish translation ask for Fernanda Chavarria.

Hanna news: Hanna Boys Center is offering a free seminar at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14 on “Building Sanctuary within Mission-Driven Organizations.” Organizational culture is playing an ever increasing role in the success or failure of nonprofit enterprises. Can organizations create and maintain a culture of compassion and innovation while increasing productivity and competitiveness? The interactive seminar explores the concept of building sanctuary within mission-focused groups to strengthen executive leadership and scope coherence. Visit hannacenter.org/events. Also upcoming at Hanna is its 24th annual Golf & tennis Classic on Friday, Sept. 30 at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa. The events raises funds to support and benefit the at-risk boys attending Hanna Boys Center.

Ecology school programs: Every school in the district is invited to reach out to the Sonoma Ecology Center to arrange for free in-classroom classes and activities as part of the Center’s Common Core-approved Watershed Education Program. The program consists of three grade-level science modules for second, fourth and fifth grades, at no cost thanks to funders and donors. Each module includes five one-hour classroom lessons and a four-hour field trip experience. Field trip destinations are Montini Open Space Preserve, Sonoma Garden Park or Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, depending on the grade. To find out more, contact Holland Gistelli at 996-0712, ext. 108 or holland@sonomaecologycenter.org.

Kenwood Ed news: On Sunday, Sept. 11, from 3 to 6 p.m., Kenwood Schools Outdoor Education will be holding its annual sixth grade Spaghetti Feed at the Maple Ring in Kenwood. The event raises money to send the entire sixth-grade class to the Marin Headlands for a week in October to experience the Nature Bridge outdoor education program.

Free Shakespeare: There is free Shakespeare outdoors on the river in Petaluma from Sept. 16 to Oct. 1. At the Foundry Wharf Green at H and Second streets. The show runs Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. Petalumashakespeare.com

More autism: The rate of autism in California school-age children was up another 7 percent between the 2014-15 school years and the 2015-16 school year. The increase means that more than one in every 65 kindergartners in California has an autism diagnosis. tinyurl.com/hrj6fk3

SRJC Alumni tailgate: Santa Rosa Junior College invites former students, their families and friends to an alumni spirit night on Saturday, Sept. 17. There will be an alumni barbecue on Bailey Field and a campus tour, prior to the Bear Cubs game. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for youth, and free for children under the age of 10. Attendees will have free parking included with their ticket, and are suggested to park in the Zumwalt Parking Pavilion. foundation.santarosa.edu/alumni-spirit-night

Studio 455 classes: Writing coach Kate Williams is offerings classes for elementary, middle and high school students after school beginning in September. Contact Kate Williams at williamsofsonoma@comcast.net or call 815-9289 to reserve.

College and career fair: There is a free college and career fair featuring representatives from more than 50 public and private colleges as well as vocational career programs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 at Windsor High School. High school juniors, seniors and their parents are urged to attend.

Low cost textbooks: The textbook comparison site, TextSurf, can help you find best deal on textbooks. You enter the ISBN number or title of a book and compare prices. The site also provides students with the best sites to sell their books back as well. textsurf.com

College visits: Sonoma Valley High School will begin its series of visits from admissions reps from dozens of colleges around the country on Sept. 6. These meetings take place in the college and career center office and are a great opportunity for students to learn more about the colleges on their list and to meet the admissions officers who will be reading their application. The complete schedule is on the CCC office door.

Flowery fundraiser: Flowery Elementary School is hosting its big fall fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Rossi’s. The night includes a barbecue dinner, dancing and silent auctions. Tickets are on sale now in the school office.

Dance classes: Sonoma Academy of Dance’s fall schedule of classes begins September. Offerings include hip hop and breakdancing, ballet, tap and teen dance as well as soccer. Visit Sonoma-dance.com for details.

Contact Lorna at ourschools@sonomanews.com